How to Dance Salsa Alone

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18-09-2020, 13:10
Salsa dancing is known for its seductive and sultry moves. While typically performed by 2 people, it’s entirely possible that you dance salsa alone. In fact, there are specific techniques that cater themselves well to solo dancing. First, you’ll need to learn a few necessary steps before you can inject your own style into the routine. From there, it’s all about practicing until you’re confident enough to take it out on the dance floor!

Performing a Basic Forward Step

  1. Learn the basic timing of salsa. In salsa, the timing is 1-2-3-pause-5-6-7-pause. You step on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th beat and pause on the 4th and 8th beat. Understanding this basic premise will make it easier to pull off all the different moves.
  2. Stand up straight with your feet together. Your shoulders should be squared but loose. Your arms should be slightly bent but relaxed. Salsa is all about having fun, and you should feel comfortable as you dance.
  3. Step forward with your left leg on the 1st beat. Lift your left foot slightly off the ground and put it down in front of you so that your left heel lines up with the toe on your right foot. You shouldn’t be bouncing up or down and your hips should be rotating naturally with your body as you step.
    • When you step forward, try to put your weight on the ball, not heel, of your foot.
    • Accentuating the movement in your hips will make the dance look better.
  4. Lift your right foot and put it back on the ground. Transfer your weight to your right foot on the second beat. Lift your right foot 1 inch (2.5 cm) off the floor and then immediately put it back on the ground for the 2nd beat of the dance.
  5. Take a back step with your left leg and pause for a beat. During the 3rd beat, take a full step back so that your left leg is now behind your right leg. As you do this, remember to swing your hips. Then, pause for the 4th beat before moving onto the next step.
    • When you step backward, use the ball of your foot to support your weight.
  6. Step back with your right foot. During the 5th step, you want to take a slight step backward with your right foot. This is the mirror opposite of the move you did on the 1st beat.
  7. Lift your left foot slightly off the ground. For the 6th beat, raise your left foot an 1 inch (2.5 cm) off the ground and place it back to where it was originally. This move shifts the weight onto this foot.
  8. Step forward with your right foot. Now take a whole step forward so that your right foot is in front of your left foot. This step is the 7th beat.
  9. Pause and repeat the steps to perform the basic forward step. Don’t forget to pause for 1 second on the 8th and final beat of the progression. You can now continue to repeat these steps in a row to do a basic forward step salsa dance.

Doing a Back Step

  1. Stand straight with your feet hip-width apart and parallel. Stand up straight with your arms bent at your waist. Your feet should be 3–4 inches (7.6–10.2 cm) further apart than they were during the basic forward step.
  2. Step to the right with your right leg on the first beat. Take your right leg and step out to the right so your feet are about 2 feet (0.61 m) away from each other.
    • Your feet should still be parallel.
    • As you step, you should be on the balls of your feet.
  3. Step right with your left leg and cross it behind your right leg. As you cross your leg back, make sure that you swing your right hip forward. Your left leg only needs to cross behind the right leg 1–2 inches (2.5–5.1 cm). This step should be on the 2nd beat.
  4. Lift your right leg and pause for a beat. Lift your leg about 1 inch (2.5 cm) off the ground and put it back down where it started. Once you put your foot down, pause for the 4th beat.
  5. Go back to the starting position with your left leg. Cross your left leg back so that you are back in the starting position. This step is on the 5th beat.
  6. Cross your right leg back behind your left leg. Now repeat the same step you made with your left leg, but this time with your right leg. Cross your right leg back on the 6th beat.
  7. Lift your left foot for the 7th beat. Slightly raise up your left foot up 1 inch (2.5 cm) off the ground, then place it back down for the last step in the dance routine.
  8. Pause and repeat the steps. After taking a pause, go back to the first step of the routine and loop it. If you follow the tempo of the song while you do this, it should look natural and like it goes with the music.

Styling Your Dancing

  1. Combine the forward step and back step for a more complex dance. Combining both dance moves in different combinations will switch it up and make your dance interesting. Practice doing the basic forward step followed by the backstep and try to stay in tempo with the music. If you mess up, you can just jump right back into it!
  2. Move your hips as you do your steps. As you step forward with your foot, you can extenuate the step by twisting your hips naturally. When you step forward with your left leg, your left hip should come out. When you step back with your left leg, the left hip should also go back. The same should be done with your right leg and right hip.
    • Moving your hips with the steps is a foundation of salsa dancing.
  3. Use your arms to make your dancing look more natural. When you step with your right leg, your left arm should go back at hip height. Your right arm should also bend over your torso. Moving your arms in a fluid motion on beat will make your dancing look more natural.
  4. Feel the beat of the music. Salsa music is very fast and unique. To land all of the correct moves, you need to keep up with it. Think of each step in the dance routine as a beat in the song and try to follow along with the tempo.
    • Salsa music is played on a 4/4 timing and is based off a syncopated rhythm, which makes it difficult to follow for some people.
    • Syncopated rhythm is a deviation from the expected rhythm and places stress on weaker beats while omitting stronger beats.
  5. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. An important part of dancing solo is having fun and maintaining your confidence! Remember to keep a smile on your face and to have fun. If you look like you’re struggling, it will show through your dancing.

Improving Your Skills

  1. Practice dancing in the mirror. It’s hard to see what you look like while you dance without a mirror. Find a mirror and dance in front of it with salsa music on. Look at your technique and try to spot things that you’re doing wrong. Practice salsa moves until they become muscle memory.
    • When you dance salsa, you don’t want to have to constantly think about the different steps in the dance. Instead, practice the steps until it feels natural to you.
  2. Film yourself as you dance and notice where you can improve. Watch the film of yourself dancing all the way through. Try to find parts of your dance that are lacking, such as being off tempo or having poor footwork. Once you identify an area for improvement, concentrate and practice on that portion of the dance until you’re better at it.
    • Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself while you watch yourself dance.
  3. Listen to a lot of salsa music. If you aren’t familiar with salsa music or salsa dancing, the tempo and rhythms might be new to you. The best way to become more accustomed to the music and stay on beat is to listen to a lot of salsa music. Go online and download some popular salsa songs.
    • Popular salsa songs include “El Sol de la Noche," "Quimbara," and "Grupo Niche."
  4. Take salsa dancing classes or find tutorials online. If you want to learn more elaborate salsa dancing moves, there are plenty of tutorials on websites like YouTube that you can use. Look for salsa classes being offered in your area and learn how to do more intricate and advanced solo salsa moves that you can use on the dance floor!
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